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The Waiting Game.

Like anything in life, sometimes you just have to wait for the things you want the most. The same can be said for potential projects in the Idaho Falls area. The one thing these projects have in common are their potential economic boon for the area. Let’s take a look at what they are and the latest news on these developments.

1. Areva. This $3 billion dollar project is still on hold. Recently the company signed a huge contract to supply enriched uranium. Areva first reported that they were hopeful to begin construction this year, however no news toward a potential ground breaking has been given.

Potential impacts for the named Eagle Rock Enrichment plant are up to 1000 temporary construction jobs over a 3 year period and 300 permanent jobs upon completion. The design of the plant also allows for doubling the plants capacity.

2. The Idaho Falls Events Center. Expected to cost $35 million, the event center is to be built on a 20 acre parcel in the Snake River Landing development. Centennial Management Group was recently selected as the management group. Hopefully news is not too far off about ground being broken.

3. Scientec. As recently revealed by the Post Register, Scientec, a company based in Idaho Falls is looking to open a new $9 million dollar facility and Idaho Falls is on its short list. Idaho Falls City Council voted to enact the “Costco Ordinance” to further entice the company’s decision. Up to 140 new high paying jobs are expected with this new facility.

4. Costco. Speaking of, there is not much to speak of. Costco is particularly good about keeping its future plans under wraps. Potential impacts from a new Costco include other retailers wanting to set up shop nearby. Many believe that the next big wave of retail development is on hold until the ultimate decision is made.

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More companies looking to Idaho Falls?

According to this story from Channel 8 news,

http://www.localnews8.com/news/Rosy-outlook-for-jobs-in-east-Idaho/-/308662/16956362/-/50mhnuz/-/index.html there seems to be a lot of interest in Idaho Falls and Bonneville County for companies seeking to expand.

According to the Department of Labor upwards of 800 new jobs are close to being announced. No other details were given as to what type of jobs or what companies however we can speculate as to what companies they might be.

Is Areva ready to make an announcement? Upwards of 300 jobs will come to the area if and when Areva is open for business. That doesn’t include the hundreds of construction either.

Is Costco close to a decision? There was plenty of excitement early this year and many thought (including myself) that an announcement was days away.

It looks as if Idaho Falls could be on the cusp of another growth spurt with the September unemployment rate at 5.9% and more job growth on the horizon.

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Snake River Landing to expand

Snake River Landing is ready to expand again. After a few rough years for our local economy, we have begun to see some progress as far as new construction goes and Snake River Landing is no exception.

After tinkering around their website I came across plans for a new office building on Pier View Drive. While they are only in the pre leasing stage, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this 14,700 sq. ft. office building constructed this year.

available space within the development is starting to fill up and with that options become limited.

On a side note, the event center is expected to break ground in 2013 with hopes to open in 2014. It seems that even though it has not been announced yet, look for Idaho Falls’ newest minor league sports team (ice hockey) to begin play that year.

On another side note, still absolutely no news has been leaked about Costco as of yet.

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The Costco draw.

The news that Costco is planning on building in the Idaho Falls/ Ammon area may certainly be the biggest economic news since Areva announced plans to build their uranium enrichment plant near Idaho Falls.

I don’t usually share site information, in fact I never have but this seems extremely interesting and tells a story. Since the inception of this blog the biggest day for site views was 39. On Wednesday when the new broke in the Post Register, total day site views exploded to a total of 134.

There are rumors swirling that many other development plans from numerous developers have been put on hold until Costco makes its plans final. There are college students at BYU Idaho who are foaming at the mouth (so to speak) for some news, and those who are unemployed and looking are probably waiting for this as well.

Idaho Falls is already the regional center for shopping, adding Costco to the mix will only further expand the regional draw, possibly drawing from other centers such as Missoula, Logan, Billings and more.

So what is the next business that everyone would like to see? I know some would really like a Red Lobster, Cabelas would be a natural fit, and specialty retailers such as Hobby Lobby and Burlington Coat Factory could easily expand into the Idaho Falls market as well.

The biggest problem which is a good one to have is where to build. The 17th and Hitt Road area is a no brainer, as well as any portion of 17th Street. There is also Snake River Landing, Sunnyside Crossroads, Taylor Crossing/ Wal-Mart area, Broadway, and perhaps even downtown.

As of now, I will research any rumors and hear say, soon enough there will be something to report.

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The big winner: Ball Ventures

Local Idaho Falls real estate developer Ball Ventures is going to be the victor no matter what the outcome of the Idaho Falls vs. Ammon Costco battle.

Some may know and some may not, however Ball Ventures who owns some of the most desirable properties and who helped bring in such developments as Candlewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Costco in Pocatello, Snake River Landing, Ammon Marketplace and more, will certainly be the victor in this battle.

You can check out their website and portfolio of projects at ballventures.com.

 

 

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Costco to make a decision any day…

One of the long awaited questions is answered. Costco is coming. The only questions remaining are where and when. This will spur more development than I think anyone is anticipating and a win win for either side. Stay tuned.

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Idaho Falls Metro: First quarter of 2012.

There seems to have been a real lack of good solid development news for Idaho Falls for the first quarter of 2012. Maybe there is a calm before the storm, maybe we are stuck in the recessionary rut, whatever it is, it does not seem to be affecting our neighbor to the south. (Pocatello)

There are a few projects wrapping up while a few are waiting for the calender to turn. Here’s to a quick update on going ons around the area.

Idahoan Foods: Under construction

Marriott Residence Inn: Under construction

Carl’s Jr on Northgate Mile: Under construction

Areva: On hold indefinitely

Pancheri Overpass: Construction to begin this summer

Memorial Drive: Reconstruction to begin after July 4th

Idaho Falls Events Center: Groundbreaking possible this year, probably not until 2013 though

Maverick on Lewisville Highway/ Iona Road: Still showing as coming soon on the company’s website

INL Research and Education Facility: Construction set to get underway this spring

INL Energy Systems Lab: Under Construction

School Districts 91/93: 4 elementary schools to be built with construction beginning this year

As the calender turns on the first quarter we now head toward the busy construction season. Hopefully there will be a few big projects on the docket for the city council. There is still the mystery that surrounds Costco, the unknown plans for the land around the events center, will Sunnyside Crossroads and Taylor Crossing continue with their building? Will the new ordinance passed by the city council to attract new business show immediate results? As with anything, time will tell. However with the improvements made over the last decade I would have to say Idaho Falls is in a great position going forward.

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Idaho Falls vs. Ammon. Winner takes Costco.

Over the last few weeks information has emerged that Costco was looking at land in both Idaho Falls and Ammon. The great news here is the jobs that Costco brings and for whatever city lands them, they reap the rewards of taxation.

The two plots of land have been identified as the Southeast corner of Hitt and Sunnyside in Ammon, now known as Ammon Marketplace, and Snake River Landing.

Ammon Marketplace is already in a well established retail area that seems to get bigger every time I am out that way whether it’s out 17th toward Kmart or up north toward Wal-Mart. There are countless national chain stores, three hotels, the Grand Teton Mall, EIRMC, and Mt. View Hospital. Quite an area to open a business if you ask me. Costco would be the anchor tenant for the development and more would soon follow. I have heard of Fred Meyer and Hobby Lobby among others that are looking to build somewhere in this area as well. The drawbacks of course are not limited. There would have to be a huge improvement in the infrastructure in the area, and power is not as cheap as it would be in Idaho Falls.

Snake River Landing is in a great area, sandwiched between main arterial roads, right off of Interstate 15 and the home to the new events center. It is also just south of downtown Idaho Falls that is going through its own rebuilding process, and Taylor Crossing with its new owners will hopefully begin building again. Pancheri Drives’ rebuilding is beginning this year with the overpass and next year be widened to Bellin Road. The event center should bring new retail, restaurants, and I wouldn’t rule out a hotel or two.

Both great choices. Just recently Idaho Falls sweetened the pot for Costco, passing an ordinance to help attract big business to locate to the city.

Now it’s a waiting game. Which city do you think will come out on top?

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